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(1) To analyze a sentence or language statement. Parsing breaks down words into functional units that can be converted into machine language. For example, to parse the expression sum salary for title = "MANAGER" the word SUM must be identified as the primary command, FOR as a conditional search, TITLE as a field name and MANAGER as the data to be searched.

Parsing breaks down a natural language request, such as "What's the total of all the managers' salaries" into the commands required by a high-level language, such as in the example above. See name parsing.

(2) To convert from one format to another. The term is often used as a substitute for the word "convert" when continuous strings of text are scanned to find embedded format codes that must be changed. In contrast, when data are moved or copied from one relational database to another, that is generally known as database "conversion," because the field locations in a database record are easily identified and generally do not have to be searched (scanned) to be found.
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In accordance with [10], researchers may also work on developing an Arabic parser that takes a free Arabic sentence as input and produce the corresponding parsed tree in a GUI format.
Directly above we parsed (conceptually decomposed) the level.IV molecules constituting physical objects into 'level.III form + level.II substance' (formed substance).
Each parser responses should contain not only information about parsed UML model's objects but as well status about parsing process and error messages if some exceptions were encountered.
The hunt question gained by Google is parsed (utilizing a parser) to distinguish one or more parts (first and second pursuit terms).
The research also underscored the need to consolidate parsed plans in order to "harmonize" them whenever there is limited worldwide supply, and to ensure they are aligned to meet corporate goals and objectives.
Hosted atop a Sybase database and aggregated by Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services, the data is updated on a weekly basis and parsed out into localized cubes for the individual inspection circuits.
For most embedded applications, the parser should pass the parsed data to the application as a C structure, or a Java object.
It was the result of a "plea bargain" that entailed a tightly parsed confession by the former President that he lied in his Paula Jones deposition (never mind that Jones's suit was a gambit engineered by the far right Clinton-haters and thrown out of court).
For each derivation found the bunch contains the item from which it originated and the rest of the input string not yet parsed. Hence, the following specification formalizes LR parsing [Leermakers 1993]:
For parsing, many researchers rely on an extensive database of manually parsed newspaper sentences created at the University of Pennsylvania.
The prosopographic task of describing this community is undertaken with vigor, as the community is first parsed into three cohorts, those individuals at work in the community in 1859, a second cohort who entered the community between 1860 and 1900, and a third who entered the community between 1901 and 1940.
However, when parsing in Lotus, highlight the data to be parsed and then, on the.